PPG Industries has reported second-quarter sales of $3.5 billion, an increase of 11 percent versus the prior year’s second quarter. Second-quarter reported net income was $272 million, or $1.63 per share.

PITTSBURGH – PPG Industries has reported second-quarter sales of $3.5 billion, an increase of 11 percent versus the prior year’s second quarter. Second-quarter reported net income was $272 million, or $1.63 per share. Second-quarter 2009 sales were $3.1 billion, and reported net income was $146 million, or 89 cents per share.

“PPG’s strong results this quarter benefited largely from a 10-percent increase in volumes,” said Charles E. Bunch, PPG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The breadth of geographies and end-use markets that we serve is enabling us to leverage continuing positive momentum in global industrial demand. The performance of our portfolio is being elevated by this higher industrial activity and strong demand across the Asia-Pacific and Latin America regions. This is more than offsetting weak construction markets in North America and Europe,” he said.

“Our earnings this quarter were aided by an improved sales mix from some of our top-performing businesses, such as aerospace, auto refinish and our optical and specialty materials segment,” Bunch said. He added that commodity chemicals segment earnings have rebounded significantly versus the first quarter, and that the company’s Glass segment benefited from substantially improved performance in the fiberglass business.

“Our financial performance this quarter, despite demand levels that are more than 10 percent below 2008 pre-recession levels, clearly demonstrates that our global portfolio and our efforts to restructure our businesses to reduce structural costs have positioned PPG to capitalize on what we anticipate to be a continued, gradual, global economic recovery,” Bunch said. “We are beginning to utilize our strong balance sheet to accelerate growth and, in fact, are in the process of reviewing several potential small- to mid-size acquisitions.” He also stated that PPG had repurchased 1.6 million shares of stock during the quarter, and that the company has more than 4.5 million shares remaining under its existing share repurchase authorizations.

Performance Coatings segment sales in the second quarter 2010 increased $45 million, or 4 percent, versus last year’s second quarter, as a result of higher selling prices and favorable currency conversion. Volumes were flat, with modest declines in the North American architectural coatings business, offset by solid growth in automotive refinish and aerospace, two of PPG’s top-performing businesses, along with continued growth in the Asia-Pacific region. Segment earnings grew $32 million, or 20 percent, to a new quarterly record of $190 million.

Industrial Coatings segment sales for the quarter rose $198 million, or 27 percent, due to substantial volume growth of more than 25 percent, including higher year-over-year volumes in all businesses and in all regions. Segment earnings for the quarter were $112 million, an increase of $84 million from the prior year’s second quarter.

Sales for the Architectural Coatings – Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) segment decreased $27 million, or 5 percent, due primarily to mid-single-digit percentage volume declines. The negative impact of currency conversion was offset by pricing gains and the impact of several small acquisitions. Segment earnings declined $5 million to $50 million, with about one half of the decline associated with currency conversion.

Optical and Specialty Materials segment sales for the quarter increased $46 million, or 18 percent, as a result of double-digit percentage volume growth in both businesses. Segment earnings improved $25 million to $86 million, establishing a quarterly record as a result of the higher sales volumes and a lower cost structure, countered slightly by increased advertising costs to support the sales growth.

Commodity Chemicals segment sales for the quarter increased $41 million, or 13 percent, due to increased volumes that were slightly offset by lower year-over-year selling prices. Segment earnings increased $11 million due to improved volumes and lower manufacturing costs, partially offset by lower prices. Results improved significantly over the first quarter 2010, with earnings up $50 million during the quarter on higher volumes, improving pricing and lower natural gas costs.

Glass segment sales increased $40 million, or 19 percent, compared with the prior year as a result of improved fiberglass volumes. Segment income was $16 million, an improvement of $23 million.